The Forum, the Palatine and the Colosseum walk

Rome Half day walking tour(morning): the Forum, the Palatine and the ColosseumToday I would suggest a wonderful classic Rome half day walking tour  to discover the original Rome. In this walk you can visit the Colosseum, the Palatine, the Roman Forum. Consider that this morning will be rather intense.

Rome half day walking tour: itinerary

Piazza del Colosseo, 1
Anfiteatro Flavio – Colosseo
It is the most gigantic of the roman temples; it was begun by Vespasian in 72 A. D. and dedicated to Titus. It was called Flavian Amphiteatre from the name of the Emperor that built it. The name of Colosseo has likely its origin in the fact that the place occupied by the Amphiteatre, contained some temples dedicated to Jsis, therefore it was called Collis Isaeum; and from this the word  is derived.

Rome Half day walking tour(morning): View-from-the-Palatine-hill
Piazza Santa Francesca Romana, 4
Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana
It was first built  in the VIII century, and then rebuilt by Leo IV. It had the name of S. Maria Nova, and was renewed by Nicholas I and decorated by Paul V. in 1615, after designs by Charles Lombardo, at that time it was dedicated to S. Francesca Romana.

Via Sacra (First exit)
Arco di Tito
It is one of the most simple but most precious of the arches of Rome. It was consacrated to Titus in memory of the victory of Jerusalem, in the year 70 A. D. but inaugurated by his successor Domitian in 81 A. D.


Via di San Bonaventura, 7
Convento S. Bonaventura Al Palatino
In was built by the Fathers Alcantarini. From the cloister, a beatiful panorame of the Palatine is to be seen.

Guided tours are free on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:00.
Go directly to church and ask for Adriano.

Rome Half day walking tourSan-Sebastiano-al-Palatino---Rome

Via di San Bonaventura, 1
Chiesa di San Sebastiano al Palatino
It was built in the VI century and was called S. Maria in Pallara (1274). In 1624 it was rebuilt after designs by Arrigucci and by Urban VIII. Dedicated to St. Sebastian, who was a captain of the first company of the Praetorians, and who suffered martyrdom under Maximian.

Opening times
Every day 9.00am-12.30am 3.00pm-7.00pm
Sunday closed

Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53
Foro Romano
Originally this valley was covered with marshes and inundated at every rise of the Tiber. In former times it consisted of two squares of which the smaller (near the church of S. Adriano) was the Comizio, and was used for voting purposes, and the other was really the Forum, place of business, promenade and games. When the area was drained, the Courts were built in the Forum and the Curia (Senate hall) in the Comizi. Around there rose temples and the dwelling of the pontiffs. Along the sides were shops, over which C. Maenius built galleries in order to see the games which were called moenia. Then basilicas were built.

Palatino – It is believed that the name of this hill was derived from Dea Palles (the feasts called  Palilie were celebrated on April 21st). This hill is 52 m. above the sea level, and is formed of three parts: the Palatine (to the East), the Germalo (to the West), and the Velia (toward the North – East). The primitive monuments were : the temple of the Vittoria, the Lupercale and the home of Faustolo. There were the temple of Jupiter

Stator, the Sacrario degli Argeli, Ie Curiae Veteres, the Sacello dei Lan, the temple of the Gran Madre (Cybele), the temple of Giove Vincitore (Jupiter Victorious). On that hill dwelt: the Graceliis, Cicero Clodius Catiline, Augustus, who began the building of the imperial palace (domus Caesaris), which was amplified by Nero (domus aurea). There was also the Circus Maximus. In that palace dwelt Odoacre, Charle Magnus and Otho III. In the XVI century the Farnesi converted the Palatine into gardens and vineyards (hence the name Orti Farnesiani).

Via Clivo Argentario, 1
Carcere mamertino (Second exit)

Suggested restaurants near the Colosseum

Suggested restaurants near Piazza Venezia

Notes and opening hours

The Colosseum Address: Piazza del Colosseo Opening times 1 September 2013 – 30 April 2014 h. 9.00 -17.30, every day scheduled tours could change as a result of the early clo-sure of the Colosseum during the winter season Entrance Ticket Colosseum, Roman Forum/Palatine (valid for two days to get in once) Full: € 12,00 Reduced EU citizens from 18 to 25 years: € 7,50

Archaeological area of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Address: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6 Address: Via di San Gregorio [ centre on the map ] Address: Via Sacra

Opening times

08.30 – 16.30 from the last Sunday of October to 15 February 08.30 – 17.00 from the 16 of February to 15 of March 08.30 – 17.30 from the 16 of March to last Saturday of March 08.30 – 19.15 from the last Sunday of March to 31 of August

08.30 – 19.00 from 1 of September to 30 of September 08.30 – 18.30 from the 1 of October to the last Saturday of October Last admission 1 hour before closing time Good Friday 8:30 am – 2 pm June 2nd 1:30 pm – 7:15 pm Closed 1 January , 1 May, 25 December

The ticket, which is valid for the Colosseum and the archaeological area of the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, may be purchased at the ticket offices in Via di San Gregorio (Palatine), Largo Salara Vecchia – Former Largo Romolo e Remo  (Roman Forum), Piazza del Colosseo (Colosseum) and Via Sacra (Roman Forum, Arco di Tito) or at the ticket offices of two museums: Palazzo Altemps and Terme di Diocleziano during their opening time (€ 2,00  booking fee).

The exits are located at the Arch of Titus and the Mamertino prison (closed both entrances and exits at S. Teodoro and at Capitoline hill).

PLEASE NOTE: Booking for individual visitors is not required at the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill. All tickets booked by phone or online (also tickets for the archaeological area of the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill only) must be collected at the Coliseum’s Ticket Window.

Inside the archaeological site (Roman Forum and Palatine), at no additional cost, you can visit the following monuments:

House of Augustus House of Livia House of Augustus and House of Livia can be visited only by guided or accompanied tour for an additional fee.


Colosseum + Roman Forum/Palatine Hill Combined Ticket (valid for 2 days): Adults: € 12,00 Concessions: € 7,50 – UE members between 18 and 25 years old – European Union state teachers

PLEASE NOTE: the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are located in the same archaeological area and count as one admission, therefore if you use the ticket or Roma Pass to get in once, it cannot be used again for the same site/area.

Official web site.